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21st Annual Bench Bar Conference Set for Oct. 25

Monday, August 28, 2017  
Posted by: John Kynes
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Mark your calendar for the HCBA's 21st Annual Bench Bar Conference on Wed., Oct. 25 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.  

For more details, click here (registration will open soon).

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The conference theme this year is:
“Perception is Reality: Identifying the Hidden Dangers of Bias in our Profession,” and it will explore how implicit bias can manifest itself inside and outside the courtroom.

The morning plenary session on implicit bias will be led by German A. Gomez, Assistant General Counsel at Hogan Lovells, US LLC in Washington D.C.  Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Mr. Gomez was employed at the U.S. Department of Justice where he was a member of the Diversity Committee.  He frequently lectures on bias and diversity topics.

Following the opening session, attendees will hear the ever-popular review of the U.S. Supreme Court’s activities and a preview of the upcoming term by Professor Louis Virelli from Stetson University College of Law.

Later, “View Toward the Bench” sessions will provide lawyers and judges the opportunity to candidly talk about practice-specific topics in round-table discussions, with segments focused on civil, criminal, appellate, federal, and family law.

“Jurors Say the Darnedest Things: Inside Deliberations” will explore juror bias by reviewing video examples of jury deliberations and discussing approaches for anticipating those situation during jury selection and trial. 

For mediators, there will be a concurrent session with mediator Mike Tonelli, who will talk about “The Art of Negotiation” with two other mediators, discussing the finer points of negotiation practices.

The final two concurrent sessions: (1) Local Professionalism Panel Co-Chair Bill Kalish and United States Magistrate Judge Julie Snead will discuss ethics and professionalism, and (2) Todd Foster and Professor Charles Rose session on witness bias and impeachment practical pointers.

As always, the Bench Bar Conference will coincide with the HCBA's Bench Bar Membership Luncheon at noon, and also the annual Judicial Reception set for 5 p.m.

Last year, more than 500 HCBA members participated in the day's Bench Bar activities, and we're looking forward to another informative and enjoyable Bench Bar Conference, Membership Luncheon, and Judicial Reception this year as well.

Agenda Overview
9-11:30 am -- Morning Sessions
Noon-1 pm -- Membership Luncheon
1:30-5 pm -- Afternoon Sessions
5-7:30 pm -- Annual Judicial Reception